“Cardinal Madness” Draws More Than 100 Young Men









Despite the brisk cold, more than 100 young men attended a “Night of Cardinal Madness” on Monday, January 20th, making this inaugural event a huge success. It was properly topped-off with an exclamation point when the group watched the Cardinal’s varsity basketball team edge out a talented Chillicothe H.S. team by a single point in the last 20 seconds of the game.







St. Charles invited  boys in the 5th-8th grades (and their families) from all over Franklin County to the special event to learn more about our exceptional  academic programs, extra-curricular activities and continually-growing facilities. It also offered the opportunity  for the boys to meet new friends and future classmates and  an informal environment for families to meet  each other and learn more about the St. Charles experience.

The evening began at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s Walter Student Commons where everyone started out with a huge buffet of ‘sliders’, chicken wings, mac and cheese, BBQ beef and an assortment of toppings. Principal Jim Lower made a short presentation to the group and showed a “Day in the life of St. Charles,” a student-created video. He then sent the boys off to the basketball game and provided parents tours of the Main Building and sharing the many ways  St. Charles would benefit their sons.






Principal Lower shared this message:  “A Cardinal is a leader who stands out and often must fly alone. He understands the importance of doing his best work and is not afraid to take on challenges and adversity. We believe that attending St. Charles will be a life-changing experience because the lessons you learn here are not just about the four years you spend in high school but are the foundations you will build off of and use for a lifetime.”

He added that “we are a Catholic school where (80% of our students are Catholic) that welcomes young men of any denominations with the hope that each young man grows in his faith. We are trying to instill in each young man: the importance of prayer, faith, service to others, character and hard work. WE are a preparatory school with a narrow academic focus but a broad one in terms of encouraging our young men to get involved in extra-curricular activities. We want to help your son mature and grow in his passions.


The event would not have been such a success without the efforts of many people. Those integral in the evening included Rick Ey ’94 ( Dean of Students, faculty member); Dave Lawler ’80 ( Athletic Director); Deke Hocker (Varsity football coach, faculty member); Julie Ferguson (SC Mom); Nina Keyes (Development Officer); Cherri Taynor (Development Officer) Tracy Loesing (Finance Manager); Sal Mercado (Assistant to the Principal); Mike Duffy (Development Director), Dan Tarpy (Development Officer); Travis Nixon ( (Community Relations);  Louis J. Fabro ’83 (Alumni/Communications Director) and numerous St. Charles parent volunteers.

Thank you again to all our guests!  We hope to see many of you again at one of these upcoming events:

–8th Grade Academic Scholarship Test: Saturday, Jan. 25th. Open to any 8th grade boy regardless of enrollment status; being given at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student. Test results determine which students will receive merit-based academic awards from the school for the 2020-2021 school year. For this 2019-20 school year alone, we have offered more than $400,000 in academic scholarships and grants to our students. St. Charles is an Ed Choice participating school and is committed to providing financial aid to qualified families. Anyone interested in sitting for the St. Charles scholarship test may register by calling the school office at (614) 252-6714 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or go online at https://www.stcharlesprep.org/8th-grade-scholarship-test.

–Spaghetti Dinner: Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 1:00-6:30 p.m. in the Walter Student Commons.


–Father/Son Mass & Breakfast: Saturday, March 14, 2020. For any interested grade school student along with their fathers, uncles and grandfathers; Starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Walter Student Commons.


–Class of 2024 Orientation Evening: April 2, 2020. Activities include a panel discussion with students and parents; new student “ice breakers”; refreshments and a presentation by the Principal.


–Spring Fling: Saturday, early April. A full day of activities, food and refreshment, athletic events and topped off with an evening performance by “Cousin Simple.” More information to come.


–Summer Enrichment Classes: For rising 9th Graders; June 8-July 2, 2020. Algebra I, Latin I and Writing & Grammar Readiness. Work that current 8th graders will face here next school year & an opportunity to join other motivated young men. Make new friends and improve academic skills.


–Summer Robotics Camps: JAVA™ Programming I; LEGO® Robotics and Basic Game Programming. Being held in Mid-July at the Robotics and Mentoring Center.


–Summer Athletic Camps: Being held June through August; Speed & Agility, Baseball,

Lacrosse, Football, Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. St. Charles Gymnasium, Walt Plank Field, the Robotics and Mentoring Center and the Robert D. Walter West Campus.

For more information on these items, please visit https://www.stcharlesprep.org/prospective-students/.


St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 E Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (380) 209-2222


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